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Vatican cricketers take on mainly Muslim side at Headingley

The game under way at Headingley
Image caption The match at Headingley was the second between the clubs

Cricketers from the Vatican have played a return fixture against a mainly Muslim team from West Yorkshire, a year after they first clashed in Rome.

Mount Cricket Club in Batley hosted the T20 match at Headingley, in Leeds, for the Sir John Major Friendship Cup.

The Vatican club, St Peter's, is made up mostly of seminarians, or trainee priests, studying in Rome.

Mount CC won the game with one ball to spare in a game they said was played with "exemplary camaraderie".

At Headingley St Peter's batted first and were bowled out for 92 runs.

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Media captionMount CC play St Peter's at cricket

Mount CC were 86-6 entering the last over and got the seven runs needed to win.

At the first game in Rome the Vatican team won with the last ball in the last over.

Established in 2013, the St Peter's club has previously toured England playing a a game with the Royal Household club based at Windsor Castle.

Father Eamonn O'Higgins, of St Peter's, said: "It is a friendship we've built up that is infinitely more important than who wins."

Mount CC hosted a meal for the Vatican team and other guests in Batley on Sunday to highlight their club and community.

Hannif Mayet, chairman of Mount, said "Cricket is a sport that unites everybody."

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